MTN Ghana Foundation, the Corporate Social Investment wing of MTN Ghana is celebrating nine years of impactful social investment and brightening lives. The MTN Ghana Foundation was launched on 24th November 2007 and marks its anniversary every year in November to celebrate the impact of its projects on the lives of people in communities across Ghana.
Since its establishment nine years ago, the MTN Ghana Foundation has positively impacted the lives of over three million people directly and indirectly through 135 major projects worth GHs22.2M in the areas of education, health and economic empowerment.
Out of the 135 projects, the Foundation has implemented 75 educational projects, 50 health initiatives and 10 economic empowerment projects. MTN Foundation has improved access to healthcare by building hospital blocks and CHPS Compounds and donated medical equipment. They have also improved access to education by providing scholarships to over 1,000 students and created conducive learning environments by building classrooms for children in remotes communities. Through the work of the Foundation students studying in dilapidated structures have been provided classrooms with better learning facilities. The Foundation has also improved the livelihood of families and communities through the provision of seed capital and skill training under the economic empowerment portfolio.
Commenting on the anniversary celebrations, the Sustainability & Social Impact Senior Manager of MTN Ghana Foundation, Mr. Robert Kuzoe expressed his gratitude to MTN customers, partners and stakeholders for their continuous support over the years. ”We are glad that apart from connecting people through innovative telecommunications solutions, we are also able to brighten their lives through impactful Corporate Social Investments.”
“As we celebrate our ninth anniversary, we remain committed to the goal of giving back to our communities in the coming years,” he added.
Aside the three focus areas, the MTN Ghana Foundation has also instituted several themed projects such as the MTN Heroes of Change, Teacher Improvement Awards Project, MTN Reading Club project and Save a Life initiative (nationwide Blood Donation exercises). Others include the celebration of World Malaria Day celebrations and the recent Disability day. These and many others are all aimed at extending the work of the Foundation to more beneficiaries.
The MTN Foundation has undertaken projects in all 10 regions of Ghana. Some of the projects include, a three unit classroom blocks for Akim Asafo SHS and Akatsi, an eight unit dormitory blocks for Apam SHS and Owerriman SHS, a boys’ dormitory block for Akropong School for the blind, a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, 108 Seater Library at Tsito Senior High School, 30 bed ward for the Sene District Hospital, construction of a maternity ward for Ejisu Hospital, the provision of a theater and recovery ward for the Fomena Hospital and the construction of an ICT center & library for the Tsito community. Others include the construction of CHPS compounds for Dinkra and Azuribisi communities and the provision of seed capital and skill training for the Tizaa Dini and Sung Suma Shea Butter processing projects. The MTN Foundation recently provided support to St. Theresa’s Handicap Center at Abor and donated equipment to the Caring Sisters Vocational School at Keta.
For these and other initiatives, the MTN Ghana Foundation has been awarded by several institutions for its contribution to the development of the country. MTN Ghana Foundation was recently adjudged the overall CSR Company of the Year for the second consecutive time at the Ghana CSR Excellence Award. MTN Foundation in 2015 won the Best CSR Award for Sustainability, Environment & Social Impact at Ghana CSR Excellence Award. The Foundation’s flagship project Heroes of Change won the 2016 IPR Best Community Relations Programme of the Year, MTN Gold Winner –Corporate and Services Category at the Gong Gong Awards and CSR Program of the Year at the Head of States Award Scheme (HoSA) 2015.